Mexican Independence Day Parade
On September 16th all Mexicans celebrate our Independence. The main celebration is the Military Parade, an annual tradition dating back to the late 19th century. A lot of schools in México participate in the parade.
It has been two weeks of parade´s rehearsals on the main Plaza and all over the streets in Patzcuaro. Children from different schools have been marching and playing drums, trumpets and bugles in a very martial exhibition. I listened to the girl given the orders to the Flag´s color guard and I remembered I did the same when I was in the 6th grade.
Mexican Independence day is celebrated from the evening of September 15 with a re-creation of the Grito de Dolores ( Cry of Independence) by all executive office-holders from the President of the Republic down to municipal presidents.
The ceremony of the Cry of Independence is held in the Government Palace at 11:00 pm. The largest and busiest celebration takes place in the main square of Mexico City and our President is in charge of giving the cry. The ceremony consists in ringing the bell, waving the Mexican flag and shout:
¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron patria!
¡Viva Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez!
¡Viva Aldama y Matamoros!
¡Viva la independencia nacional!
¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!
The crowd will answer with one voice, after each sentence: ¡VIVAN! (hurray) and finally also ¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva Mexico! Then the Mexican National Anthem is sung in unison and then fireworks and the party (popular verbena) continue until the early morning.